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Early Voting For Chicago’s 2023 Election Starts At Downtown Sites

You can start voting in the 2023 Chicago election. Other early votes sites in the neighborhoods will open Feb. 13.

Downtown

The Chainsmokers, Miranda Lambert To Headline Chicago’s 1st NASCAR Street Race In July

General admission tickets for the two-day event go on sale Feb. 2.

Downtown

Downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly, Who Fought The Casino, Wants Lightfoot Out As He Eyes 5th Term

The 42nd Ward alderman, first elected in 2007, has never faced an opponent in four reelection bids. In his next term, he wants to kill the deal to bring NASCAR races Downtown streets.

Downtown

The Shedd Aquarium’s Otters Are Very Into This Week’s Snow

A new video shows two otters, Cooper and Watson, playing in the snow.

Downtown

Locals Ask For Safer Streets, More Bathrooms At First Meeting On Grant Park Updates

The Grant Park Framework Plan was last updated in 2002. The city is seeking feedback at two more open houses for what residents want the park "reimagined" as.

Downtown

StretchLab Expanding To South Loop With A Grand Opening This Weekend

This is Mandy and Tim Rinder's second StretchLab studio, following one in the West Loop. They are offering free 15-minute stretches at their grand opening celebration.

South Loop

Want Tickets To Fall Out Boy’s Sold-Out Metro Show? Here’s How To Win Them

Eight listeners to Q101's morning show can also win an afternoon hang-out with the band Wednesday.

Downtown

Old Navy Closing Flagship State Street Store Tuesday After 10 Years Downtown

An Old Navy spokesperson called the decision "the best path forward for our brand." The flagship's departure is the latest blow to Downtown's retail market.

Downtown

Rents Downtown And In The West Loop Expected To Stabilize After Roller Coaster Years

A one-bedroom luxury apartment in the West Loop will cost you $2,200-$2,800 a month now compared to $2,800-$3,000 last year, experts said.

Downtown

UIC Faculty Reach Deal With University To End Strike After Winning Pay Raises, Other Benefits

Each union member will get an immediate $2,500 raise, the union's spokesperson said.

West Loop

West Side Ald. Jason Ervin Unopposed For 4th Term After All 3 Challengers Kicked Off Ballot

Two candidates did not have enough valid signatures to qualify for the race, and a third withdrew.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Lin Brehmer Mourned By Chicago’s Music Community: ‘There Was No Difference Between The Person And The Persona’

Radio legend Brehmer, who spent more than 30 years on the air at WXRT, died Sunday from prostate cancer.

Downtown

Lin Brehmer, Radio Legend For Decades At WXRT, Dies At 68

Brehmer, whose radio career included stints in New York and Minnesota, has been a familiar voice on WXRT since 1984, when he became the station's music director. 

Downtown

Salesforce Sign Atop New Downtown Tower Was Way Too Bright For Neighbors, So Alderman Has It Dimmed

Salesforce, the San-Francisco-based software firm, lit up its large logo this month atop Wolf Point Tower, a new 60-story building along the Chicago River.

Downtown

Ald. Walter Burnett Is Unopposed For 8th Term And Poised To Become City Council’s Elder Statesman

Burnett was first elected in 1995. He said he expects the 27th Ward to explode with growth over the next four years and asks voters to give Mayor Lori Lightfoot "a chance to finish what she started."

West Loop

13 Things To Do In Chicago This Weekend: Free Museum Tour, Winter Market, Book Fair And More

There's also a poetry circle, Taylor Swift day party and a new WNDR exhibit.

Citywide

Drivers Caught On Camera Blocking Bike Lanes Downtown Could Soon Be Ticketed

A proposed ordinance would have cameras added on CTA buses and light posts to catch drivers parked illegally in bike lanes, bus lanes and loading zones — and they'd be ticketed.

Downtown

$5 Million Boost For Small Businesses To Expand On LaSalle Street Approved By City Council

Small businesses would be eligible for up to $300,000 to make permanent updates to ground-level retail storefronts.

Downtown

Popular ‘Paris Metro’ Entranceway Being Removed Due To Grant Park Metra Station Overhaul

Upgrades to the Van Buren station, one of the Metra's oldest, will include two ADA-accessible entrances as well as new platforms and lights.

Downtown

Taylor Swift Pop-Up Bar ‘Bad Blood’ Coming Soon To West Loop

The Jan. 27-Feb. 26 pop-up will feature tarot card readings, specialty cocktails and more.

West Loop
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